Friday, November 4, 2011

Poem of the Week: Penelope Scambly Schott

Penelope Schott

At the Demonstration

Back when I used to march
in the noon of the green world,

I sang like a crow.
The cacophony of insistence

burnt like lightening.
Now ash lowers the sky

and I gasp through slits in my ribs.
Injustice, are you listening?

Light rises from my round mouth
and my heart jerks in my hand.

Greed hangs among clouds
as we stand here together,

palms up. Whatever sifts down
is our only food.

-Penelope Scambly Schott

Used by permission.

Penelope Scambly Schott is the author of eight collections of poetry, including a verse biography of Protestant dissenter Anne Hutchinson and, most recently, Crow Mercies (2010), available from CALYX Books.

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nicole taylor said...

Is this about an Occupy demonstration?

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Good to see a Penelope poem! The cacophony of insistence--yes. Lily looks lovely, as always.